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Kiddy Phoenixfix Pro: a review

We’re big fans of Kiddy car seats in the Ghostwritermummy household, and we’re not alone. For over 30 years the German company has been at the top of the game when it comes to travelling in safety and comfort and I genuinely believe that once you have a Kiddy seat, you won’t want to buy another brand. This week, we’ve been lucky enough to review the new Phoenixfix Pro and we’ve awarded it aother bright and shiny gold star!

This is a group 1 car seat, suitable for children from the ages of aproximately9 months to 4 years old (weight: 9-18kg). The baby is still too small for this seat, so the toddler has been keeping it warm for her! This is what he thought:

Mummy: Do you like your new car seat?

Toddler: Yes!

Interpreted: The Phoenixfix Pro is a lovely colour, thank you very much. It comes in Anthracite and black (phantom), black ( Racing black) and dark red andblack (Rumba) so the colours are neutral and ideal for both a boy or a girl. With the trademark simple design the seats looks stylish and aren’t too fussy at all.

Mummy: Does your new car seat feel nice to sit in?

Toddler: Yes!

Interpreted: The Phoenixfix Pro has been designed with comfort in mind, perfect for longer journeys or shorter school runs and other quick trips alike. The seat has lovely plush, breathable fabrics which are easy to clean and soft to sit on. Like other Kiddy car seats, the Phoenixfix Pro reclines for sleep time and the seats are a good size, suitable for both younger and older children. No squashed bottoms!

Mummy: Do you feel safe in your new car seat?

Toddler: Yes!

Interpreted: Like other Kiddy car seats, the Phoenixfix Pro has excellent safety features, from top to bottom. Starting with the headrest to stop little heads rolling around, finishing with the unique impact shield which has been designed to reduce the risk of severe neck injury in the case of an acident. The seat also features side impact protection and it’s lightweight too, which means that in the event of a collision, there is are lower acceleration forces so less of an impact to the passenger.

Mummy: Are you glad we’ve got this new car seat?

Toddler: Yes!

Interpreted: Like all other Kiddy car seats, it does sit at the slighter higher end of the pay scale but it also sits at the top of the list when it comes to style, comfort and safety. When it comes to choosing car seats, there should be no compromising and as a family, we believe that Kiddy’s seats are the best you can get. It also features isofix ‘K-connectors’ and is very easy to install- so no angry daddy losing his patience!

Verdict: The kiddy Phoenixfix Pro is an excellent car seat. Retailing at around £200, it is worth every penny in my opinion. It looks nice, feels nice and offers the ultimate in comfort and safety. For more information, visit the Kiddy website and don’t forget to visit their Facebook page either, where you can keep up to date with the latest in car safety and Kiddy products.

 

 

** we were sent a Kiddy Phoenixfix Pro seat to review. We were not given any payment and all views are my own!

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The demise of the daytime nap

naps: a thing of the past...

I knew this time would arrive sooner or later. To be honest with you, I’ve been dreading it. TheBig One dropped her daytime nap when she was around 18 months old, but she always slept so well at night and I returned to work full time before then so it was never really an issue. The toddler is a different kettle of fish. As he is entitled to be. Oh yes, the toddler and sleep haven’t always mixed that well but he has always had at least two hours during the day. That was my time- to bang my head against a brick wall, to blog, or to catch up on the housework.

But now he thinks he is too old for all that.

And yes, the time I had been dreading has arrived. And it’s not all that bad, actually…

Now that the baby is here and, as is a baby’s will, her sleeps are all over the place, just recently I’ve found that we’ve been waiting around for the toddler to wake up so that we can resume our day. I’ve been fawning over toddler gardening groups we can’t attend and baby clinics that are at the ‘wrong’ time. Not any more.

It started quite simply a week or so ago. An hour after I had put him to bed, the toddler was still happily chattering and singing to himself. The sun was shining. The baby was ready for a sleep. The pram was winking at me. I crept upstairs, plucked him from his bed and like conspirators we left the house at 2pm. What joy! He coped really well. By the time he got to nursery on the Thursday, he was ready for a nap which is fine.

I posted yesterday about how I have really been enjoying my son and I think the demise of the daytime nap really took us all by surprise. But so far, it has been lovely. Today we have played in the garden, planted sunflowers, made a jigsaw, ‘cooked’some jelly and watered the potato plants. We even popped to the garden centre for more things to add to our gardening club.

As I type this the toddler is playing the flying fox off the sofa with this sister. No doubt he will be ready for bed soon and guess what? I really hope he will  sleep through…

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My son

Just lately we seemed to have turned a corner and I am really enjoying being with my son. I didn’t believe it at the time, but I think the baby’s arrival was a huge disruption for him. Actually, it was more like a hurricane as we endured stormy tantrum after stormy tantrum. The days seemed endless and they were punctuated with screams of NO! and even the odd smack (by him, not us) at the dinner table. And as for dinner, well forget it. It wasn’t eaten, it was thrown. The only saving grace was watching him evolve as a big brother.

I think the baby has helped my son to grow that little bit better. It was hard, but he soon had to learn that the baby’s nappy change was not the best time to practise kart wheels in her vicinty. He also had to learn that she was not a doll and sitting on her head was not a wise move. It took time, but he learned.

We watched him go from total denial to demanding kisses and cuddles from his “cute princess”. We watched him giggle with glee when she smiled at him and we watched him tell complete strangers that he was a big brother.

And we watched the tantrums dwindle.

I’m not going to shoot myself in the  foot now and tell you that the terrible twos are over. I’m not that gullible. But we seem to have entered some kind of growing independence phase that is suiting me a lot better than the whiny, screaming phase we just left. And I’m really really enjoying time with my son.

We go for walks and he is so grown up that he holds the side of the pram rather than needing a carry ( cue another blog post to come on my ridiculous attachment to prams and new obsession). We read books and he recites well loved tales to me. We colour and he sits for longer periods of time, concentrating hard. We go to the park and have real conversations and you know what? He is funny. We laugh. A lot.

My son is such a special little boy and yes, he still prefers daddy. But I get him to myself all day, which makes it so much easier to share him when daddy comes home. And of course, nothing beats watching him grow into a fabulous big (and little) brother.

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Things parents shouldn’t say to each other

This is just my opinion. I couldn’t sit on it much longer though, because it’s starting to drive me mad! As parents, I know that most of our advice comes from other parents who have been there and done that. I know I often seek advice on various aspects of parenting and I hope that when I am asked for advice, I give it in an unbiased way. That said, there are times when advice is not necessary. Like, when you don’t actually ask for it!

Since having Isobel I have been given some gems which I thought I would share with you. So here are ten things- I believe- parents shouldn’t say to each other.

I think I'm doing alright...

1. “You’re making a rod for your own back.”

I hate hate HATE this phrase. Maybe I like to have a rod on my own back; it helps me to stand tall and proud, knowing I am doing the best I can for my child. Or something. But seriously, how can one person possibly comment on my sleeping arrangements with my baby when they do not even know me? Since when has co-sleeping been a rod for your own back? Loads of parents do it and its been proven to help babies sleep peacefully. Babies who co-sleep rarely startle themselves during their sleep (this is the case with Isobel), they rarely cry at night (also the case with Isobel) and they actually grow up to develop long term positive sleep patterns. Not sure on that one yet, so I’ll let you know. My points aside, co-sleeping is a personal decision. Please don’t judge me for it.

2. “You’ll spoil the baby if you pick her up when she cries.”

How on earth can you spoil a baby? Babies cry for a reason- maybe they are hungry; maybe they are tired; maybe they are in pain; maybe they just want some attention. I’ve yet to meet a three month old who rubs her hands together in glee whilst thinking of their next attention seeking scam. Isobel cries to get my attention and it’s my duty to make sure I give her that attention. It’s also my job to be able to decipher between her cries. If I know that she is tired and simply shouting at me, maybe I won’t pick her up. Perhaps instead I will hold her hand or stroke her head until she settles off to sleep. If she is crying because she wants me to pick her up, I will pick her up because I want her to know that she can trust me and count on me to be there for her. So excuse me if I ignore your advice on this one; I prefer to meet my baby’s needs as best I can, thank you.

3. “She should be taking a bottle by now.”

Um, why? If all concerned are happy with breastfeeding, why the hell should we mess with that? I have absolutely nothing against bottle feeding (I did it with my second) but I am happy breastfeeding. It’s working really well and I feel no need what-so-ever to introduce a bottle right now. Maybe I’ll ask your advice if I change my mind.

4. “Doesn’t she sleep through the night yet?”

No.

5. “Can she breathe properly in that contraption?”

Referring, of course, to the baby wearing. Isobel loves to be in her wrap sling and I love to have her close to me. Do you honestly think I would do that if she couldn’t breathe? I know that there have been deeply tragic events linked to baby wearing but I also know how to do it safely. Here are some guidelines if you’re interested.

6. “Why don’t you try giving her a bit of baby rice before bed?”

Because she is only 14 weeks old. Because she doesn’t always hold her head up well. Because she doesn’t always sit up straight. Because she can’t make chewing motions with her mouth yet. Because she is only 14 weeks old.

7. “You won’t want to be using cloth nappies for much longer.”

Why not? She doesn’t have half as many poo explosions as she used to these days and I coped fine when she did. Why would I want to suddenly stop using cloth nappies?

8. “When are you having another one?”

Can I deal with this one first please?

9. “Why don’t you just let her cry it out?”

Oh no. I hate to hear this piece of advice. She is only 14 weeks old. Also, see number 2.

10. “It worked for me…”

Maybe it did. And that is exactly my point. What worked for your baby might not work for mine. And even if it might, it’s up to me to work it out. Yes, I appreciate advice and I think as parents we will never really know the ultimate answer to our dilemmas. But I also think that questioning the way one parent is bringing up a baby if it is different to the way you are doing it is just wrong. Unless a child is being neglected or ill-treated, its none of our business. We should respect that we are all just trying to do a good job in a difficult situation and there really is no right or wrong way to do that. Also, I HATE the phrase with the rods and the backs so just, you know… don’t say it.

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